Mary Hopkin continues to explore her archives, dust off some long-forgotten recordings and sends them out to air and to see the light of day in a new album of old songs. Following the release of 'Valentine' in May 2007, featuring a collection from the archives, 'Recollections', due out in mid-November, is a further 11 gems recorded between 1970 and 1986. 'Valentine' saw 12 previously unreleased tracks from the same stash, including three of Mary's own compositions. 'Recollections' features two of Mary's own, 'Another Day' and 'Who's the One?' with a cluster of other fabulous songs.
"There were about 30 hefty 2-inch tapes weighing heavily on my mind, and also on my bedroom ceiling," recalls Mary. "They had been gathering dust in my loft for many years, and one morning, I woke up to an ominous creaking sound, as a huge crack appeared in the ceiling. So, with some prodding from my daughter, Jessica, we decided to release them from their dusty boxes before the ceiling fell in." Mary Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with 'Those Were the Days', recorded on the Beatles' Apple label. 'Live at the Royal Festival Hall 1972', the first release on MHM, is a recording of her "farewell" concert, which marked her retirement from the public eye to concentrate on her family. She has since recorded various projects and guest appearances on albums. She has appeared on work produced by her then husband Tony Visconti - most notably on 'Sound and Vision' by David Bowie. The songs that feature on Valentine and Recollections were produced by Tony during this period.
Some other legendary names appear on the album - Blue Weaver (Amen Corner) on piano, Dave Mattacks (Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention) and Gerry Conway (Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull) on Drums, and Bruce Lynch (Cat Stevens, Richard Thompson) on bass. The original recordings have now been digitally remixed and remastered at Space Studios in Cardiff, where Mary bases her recording work and record label, Mary Hopkin Music. MHM distributes only on the internet at www.maryhopkin.com.
Mary Hopkin Music was set up in 2005 to release material by Mary entirely on her own terms - recording in the studio only without having to do tours, personal appearances or interviews. It is run by her daughter Jessica Morgan from Space Studios in Cardiff (owned by Jessica and her partner Chris Thomas), which is where Mary records new material. Mary loves to write and record with her son, Morgan Visconti, and Jessica. Devoted and loyal fans as well as new listeners can look forward to previously unheard music as well as new songs by Mary.